Insomnia

Understanding Sleep Inertia

Have you ever felt that dizzy, disoriented feeling when you wake up? You can almost feel your body wishing for a few more minutes of sleep. That’s exactly what sleep inertia is—a momentary feeling of grogginess, fogginess, and a strong urge to crawl back under the covers. Let’s dive into the depths of sleep inertia, exploring its causes, duration, and

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Chronic Pain

Procrastination And Chronic Pain

Procrastination is something that we all do from time to time, but for some this habit is more than just a nuisance. Studies show that up to 20% of people report having chronic procrastination, which means they’re struggling with the constant cycle of avoidance and delayed action.  What does this have to do with chronic pain? Let’s examine the connection

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Anxiety

Neuroplasticity and the Vicious Cycle: How Anxiety Rewires the Brain to Fuel Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain and anxiety, then you know how these conditions can impact your quality of life. The complex relationship between these two diseases has been heavily researched, often finding that neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire based on certain stimuli) plays a role in how they coexist. In this article, we’ll investigate how worry alters brain

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Insomnia

Hereditary Sleep Patterns: Genetics & Sleep Habits

Sleep is essential to our general health and well-being. Research indicates that sleep habits and patterns may be inherited, suggesting that your genetic makeup may impact your sleep patterns. By better understanding the genetic factors associated with advanced, delayed, and short sleep periods, we can establish methods for enhancing them. Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder  Advanced Sleep Phase (ASPD) is a

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Insomnia

Managing After A Poor Night’s Sleep

We’ve all been there—tossing and turning, counting down the hours until the alarm goes off after a night of restless sleep. It’s no secret that quality sleep is essential for our overall well-being, but occasionally life throws us a curveball, leaving us with a less-than-ideal night’s rest. You might wonder, “What can I do to bounce back after such a

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Insomnia

The Connection Between Headaches and Insomnia

Have you ever observed that occasionally, when you first wake up, you have a nagging headache that just won’t go away? Or maybe you’ve experienced the unfortunate situation where a headache creeps up on you as the day progresses. There’s actually a fascinating connection between headaches and insomnia, and this study in the Journal of Headache and Pain shows how

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Insomnia

Sleep Restriction Therapy For Insomnia

Are you having trouble falling asleep at night? Do you wake up frequently throughout the night, feeling groggy and unproductive during the day? If so, you’re not alone because one in 10 adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Believe it or not, restricting the amount of time you spend in bed is one technique that can help combat your insomnia. Sleep

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How Your Mental Load Impacts Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain

How Your Mental Load Impacts Chronic Pain

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that managing the simplest of chores seems impossible? Mental load, or cognitive load, is the amount of mental effort it takes to perform a task. It’s that mental list that you keep in your head of all of the things that you need to tackle in a day, week, or month.  And your mental

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EMDR

The Physical Benefits of Trauma Therapy: Healing the Mind and Body

Trauma therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention that aims to address the psychological and emotional effects of trauma. It encompasses various modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, and somatic-based therapies. While trauma therapy is widely known for its efficacy in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, it also offers surprising benefits

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Insomnia

How Wearable Devices Can Create More Anxiety About Sleep

Wearable devices have become a popular tool for tracking our health and fitness, and sleep tracking is no exception. With the rise of smartwatches and fitness trackers, many people rely on their wearable devices to monitor their sleep. These devices claim to accurately track sleep quality, quantity, and overall patterns. While this may seem like a positive development, it can

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